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Immagine share vde


SHARE Virtual Discovery Environment | SHARE VDE
The realization of this project is based on the Casalini Libri and @Cult partnership



Through the individual processes of analysis, enrichment, conversion and publication of data from Marc21 to RDF, and in the context of libraries with different systems, habits and cataloguing traditions, a prototype of a virtual discovery environment with a BIBFRAME three layered architecture (Person/Work, Instance, Item) is established.

In addition, the project will create a database of relationships that is open to the community and a common knowledge base of clusters that uses the paradigms of the semantic web but also allows the libraries to continue to handle their data as independently as possible.

Marc with URIs enriched records, and BIBFRAME 2.0 datasets are released in order to shape and explore the future data creation, supply and fruition models.

The project will also identify issues and problems related to these new information management processes and propose solutions.

The components and services mentioned in this proposal – from data creation, conversion, enrichment, clustering and supply, to the virtual discovery environment portal and interface – are designed to be available individually in as flexible configuration as possible for the library community’s needs.


The project is divided into three phases:

  • Phase 1 – Enrichment, conversion, publication and analysis for Phase 2
  • Phase 2 – Process enhancements and data refinements
  • Phase 3 – SHARE Virtual Discovery Environment in production

The participant Institutions

  • Stanford University (Phase 1/2)
  • University of California Berkeley (Phase 1/2)
  • Yale University (Phase 1/2)
  • Library of Congress (Phase 1/2)
  • University of Chicago (Phase 1/2)
  • University of Michigan Ann Arbor (Phase 1/2)
  • Harvard University (Phase 1/2)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Phase 1)
  • Duke University (Phase 2)
  • Cornell University (Phase 1)
  • Columbia University (Phase 1)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Phase 1/2)
  • Pennsylvania State University (Phase 2)
  • Texas A&M University (Phase 1/2)
  • University of Alberta (Phase 2)
  • University of Toronto (Phase 1)


  • To reach a concrete, joint experience in the Linked Data environment for a group of libraries on which they can build future plans
  • To discuss, experiment and configure together with the library community the options of the forthcoming data creation, enhancement and supply services for this new context for all type of resources
  • To achieve a granularity and richness of relationships within library data, which is often hidden or unexpressed in a traditional Marc record
  • To prepare an enriched environment in RDF which is useful for both library patrons – who can take advantage of more advanced discovery interfaces – and librarians looking to recreate cataloguing functions in RDF together with integration of processes with the local ILS and the redesign of, for example, selection functions also in a shared collaborative environment


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